In This Post #74 – 7/28/22 – Recruiting In Full Swing – Part-III – Nat’l Team Staff/Schedules/Rosters – Sifters

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Recruiting In Full Swing Part III

Nat’l Team Staff/Schedules


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Recruiting In Full Swing Part III

August 1 visits begin… The 1st of August represents another key date on the D-I recruiting calendar. This is when coaches are allowed to begin face-to-face ON or OFF campus contact. Programs can invite recruits to visit campus for official or unofficial visits. Needless to say, it’s a busy time for coaches no matter what division you’re in. Many D-III schools have similar start dates etc. but they have more stringent rules as to when they can start on the ice with their teams. Which allows them more time to recruit and take care of visits in the early part of the year before their seasons really ramp up.

We mentioned in our last post, recruits wanting to visit to campus is becoming a ‘must’ before making their commitment to a school. Which is nice to hear. One, it means the rules put into place May of 2019 to slow the process down – is working. Two, the visit is a vital part of one’s recruiting experience. It’s a great way to judge and get a feel for what the physical environment will be like. You get to smell the smells, kick-the-tires so to speak. Seeing the classroom spaces, dorms, dinning halls, the rink, athletic facilities, the area around campus, etc. is hugely beneficial.

Here are a few thoughts on visits.

  • The type of visit you have, whether ‘official’ or ‘unofficial’ should not really matter. What should, is the kind experience you want to have.
  • Know what you want out of your visit experience. Do you want to see what campus is like when students are in session? Do you want to see the team practice or play? Do you want to eat in the dinning hall, sit in on a class, talk to players on the team, see other facilities? Be sure to communicate what kid of experience you want out of your visit. An easy way to do that, is ask the coach what’s in store for the visit.
  • Know that coaches usually have a priority list of recruits with whom they want to invite on a visit and by a certain date. If you’re talking with a school and the topic of a visit hasn’t come up yet, ask how the program handles deciding on who visits, when they can happen, and what the potential of having one for yourself is.
  • Most all visits, official or unofficial are offered by the coaching staff… don’t assume you’re automatically going to be offered a visit just because you’ve had a phone call or two. Official visits involve money being spent by the program – money that is not yours to spend. If the topic of visits come up, clarify what is being offered and ask the coach to go over how the visit would work.
  • Know that you can’t take more than 5 official visits – 1 per school – at the D-I level. Be prepared to explain how you are going to decide which schools you want to visit. Bottom line, have a plan and be willing to share your logic.

Oh – and one more thing. Try to avoid the unannounced drop-in visit. Coaches have a ton going on and may not be on campus or have their day already schedule an unable to meet. Best to always communicate and plan ahead!

A Busy August & September… The summer is coming to an end believe it or not. And coaching staffs are busy prepping for the start of their season. For some, that comes in as little as 3.5 weeks. Y-I-K-E-S! I know, right? Crazy to think the college hockey season is starting that soon – but for many programs, they’ll be on the ice as a team before August is over with. Orientation for freshmen at some schools begins as early as the Aug. 19-21 weekend with classes starting on the 22nd. On the other end of the spectrum some schools won’t start classes until after labor day or later–as late as Sept. 12th. NCAA rules allow D-I coaches to begin a limited number of hours on-ice with their teams once classes begin at their institution.

August and September are jammed back with coaches hitting the recruiting trail. And there are no shortage of events to attend. Here’s our list of major recruiting events you can expect D-I coaches to be at.

July 27-28PIP Boston Harbor StyleBedford, MA
July 29-31E.C Wizards Summer ShowcaseBedford, MA
July 29-31Beantown Classic
Birth Years ’07-’12
Marlborough, MA
& Surrounding Area
August 2-12Hockey Canada U18 Selection CampCalgary, AB – WinSport
August 4-7Premier Ice Prospects
702 Showcase Vegas Styl
Las Vegas, NV
August 8-12USA Hockey National Festival – U18Buffalo, NY – Harborcenter
August 11-14Premier Ice Prospects
615 Showcase Music City Styl
Nashville, TN
August 14-18SnipeCity ShowcaseOshawa, ON
August 17-20USA vs. CAN 3-Game SeriesCalgary, AB – WinSport
August 19-21Premier Ice Prospects
Niagara Falls Prospect Cam
Niagara Falls, ON (Canada)
August 26 – Sept 4IIHF Senior World ChampionshipsDenmark
Sept 2-4NAHA Labor DayWellesley, MA
Sept 2-4PIP Labor Day ShowcasePittsburgh, PA
Sept 9-11Stoney Creek U18AA ShowcaseHamilton, ON
Sept 9-11**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 16-18Stoney Creek U22/U19 Elite SHCSEHamilton, ON
Sept 16-18Calgary Firestarter U18AAACalgary, AB
Sept 16-18**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 23-25**MN HS Elite LeagueBlaine, MN
Sept 23-25Stoney Creek U15AA SHowcaseHamilton, ON
** = MN HS Elite League schedule dates not confirmed as of 7-27-22

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USA/Canada Select Camp Info

NCAA Connections

Both the US and Canada announced their respective national team camp coaching staffs. Many NCAA ties on both sides. Team USA has 15 current NCAA Head, Associate/Assistant Coaches while representing both D-I and D-III institutions. Hockey Canada has 9 NCAA Head or Associate/Assistant coaches at their selection camps. 4 head coaches from the ECAC alone. You can see the complete camp schedules, staff lists, and US rosters below. Canada has not announced its player attendee rosters yet. The US and Canada will play a 3-game series in Calgary Aug. 17-20. Games will most likely be streamed as they have been in the passed. We’ll provide streaming info as soon as we have it.

Schedule – USA Hockey Women’s National Festival U18 & Over 18 Age Groups

Roster – USA Hockey Women’s National Festival U18 & Over 18

Schedule – Hockey Canada Women’s National Team

Schedule – Hockey Canada National Women’s Development Team

Schedule – Hockey Canada National Women’s U18 Team

Team USA Staff, USA Hockey Women’s Festival – Buffalo, NY

Director, Women’s National Team ProgramKatie Million
ADM Manager, Female HockeyKristen Wright
Hockey Operations & Event Manager, Women’s National TeamNick Bryant
U.S. Women’s National Team Head CoachJohn Wroblewski
U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant CoachJosh Sciba
U.S. Women’s National Team Assistant CoachShelley Looney
U.S. Women’s National Team Goalie CoachAlli Altman
U22 Head CoachAllison Coomey 
U22 Assistant CoachLee-J Mirasolo
U22 Assistant CoachShari Dickerman
U22 Goalie CoachMackenzie Bruch
U18 Head CoachKatie Lachapelle
U18 Assistant CoachLindsay Berman
U18 Assistant CoachLiz Keady Norton
U18 Goalie CoachSanya Sandahl
Hockey OperationsJess Scott
Hockey OperationsEmily Ach
Hockey OperationsHeather Mannix
Hockey OperationsAnna Van Huerke
ScoutJeff Giesen
Camp CoachBrent Hill
Camp CoachDave Flint
Camp CoachKim Weiss
Camp CoachMolly Engstrom
Scout/Camp CoachHolley Tyng
Scout/Camp CoachWhitney Colbert
Strength & Conditioning Head CoachCal Dietz
Strength & Conditioning CoachAmy Hobday
Strength & Conditioning CoachBill DeLongis
Strength & Conditioning CoachTad Johnson
Strength & Conditioning CoachJessica Burlingame
Strength & Conditioning CoachKourtney Menches
PhysicianBrian Domby
PhysicianJamie Schlueter
PhysicianJohn Hatzenbuehler
PhysicianDanielle De Freitas
Athletic TrainerKatie Homan
Athletic TrainerTodd Lamoreaux
Athletic TrainerStef Arndt
Athletic TrainerAmanda Kelley
Athletic TrainerKarlie O’Reilly
Athletic TrainerAnnika Ferber
Athletic TrainerAmanda Myer
Athletic TrainerEmi Hartman
Athletic TrainerCarrie Gaydos
Massage TherapistDemarcus Long
Massage TherapistMeghan Shand
Massage TherapistSarah Martinez
NutritionistCarrie Aprik
NutritionistHanalyn Podgursk
NutritionistEmily Palmerton
NutritionistShannon Zaporski
Equipment ManagerBrent Proulx
Equipment ManagerSis Paulsen
Equipment ManagerEric Anastasi
Equipment ManagerDan McGrath
Equipment ManagerSkylar Klingfus
Equipment ManagerKaitlyn Scales
Video OperationsAdam Purner
Video OperationsAmanda Long
Video OperationsJustin Kakuska
CommunicationsMelissa Katz
Digital ContentTaylor Swierc

Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Selection Camp Staff Roster

Hockey Canada Staff
President & Chief Executive OfficerScott SmithBathurst, N.B.Hockey Canada
Senior Vice-President, Hockey OperationsScott SalmondCreston, B.C.Hockey Canada
Director, Hockey OperationsGina KingsburyRouyn-Noranda, Que.Hockey Canada
Senior Manager, Player Development & ScoutingCherie PiperScarborough, Ont.Hockey Canada
ConsultantCassie Campbell-PascallBrampton, Ont.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada National Women’s Team Staff
Head CoachTroy RyanSpryfield, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachKori CheverieNew Glasgow, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachAli DomenicoOttawa, Ont.Providence College (HE)
Assistant CoachCaroline OuelletteMontreal, Que.Concordia University (RSEQ)
Goaltending ConsultantBrad KirkwoodCalgary, Alta.University of Calgary (CW)
Video CoachJames EmeryCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachVicki BendusWasaga Beach, Ont.Brock University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerBrittany SimpsonOttawa, Ont.Carleton University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerBlair SmookAirdrie, Alta.Hockey Canada
Team PhysicianDr. Kevin AsemLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
TherapistChristine AtkinsFort Macleod, Alta.Hockey Canada
TherapistKaitlyn MaddiganLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Massage TherapistMeagan CowellLondon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey OperationsTania KennyToronto, Ont.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey OperationsDylan RockwellCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada
Media RelationsEsther MadziyaLethbridge, Alta.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada Women’s Development Team Staff
Head CoachKori CheverieNew Glasgow, N.S.Hockey Canada
Assistant CoachRachel FlanaganPontypool, Ont.University of Guelph (OUA)
Assistant CoachMarc-André CôtéMontreal, Que.University of Moncton (AUS)
Goaltending ConsultantPerry WilsonLaSalle, Ont.University of Windsor (OUA)
Video CoachRichard BueOttawa, Ont.Winnipeg (NHL)
Strength and Conditioning CoachShannon MacAulayCharlottetown, P.E.I.Hockey Canada
Equipment ManagerSydney AuthierWallaceburg, Ont.Ryerson University (OUA)
Massage TherapistVictoria McIntosh
Team PhysicianDr. Wanda MillardLondon, Ont.London (OHL)
Hockey Canada Camp Staff
Assistant CoachMatt DesrosiersPort Colborne, Ont.Clarkson University (ECAC)
CoachGreg FargoKingston, Ont.Colgate University (ECAC)
CoachSarah HilworthVancouver, B.C.University of New Brunswick (AUS)
CoachChris MacKenzieNiagara Falls, Ont.University of Connecticut (HE)
CoachNoémie MarinActon Vale, Que.John Abbott College (CEGEP)
CoachCara MoreyHensall, Ont.Princeton University (ECAC)
CoachSteve O’RourkeSummerland, B.C.Prince George (WHL)
CoachStéphanie PoirierQue.University of Montreal (RSEQ)
CoachCassie TurnerCampbellford, Ont.Quinnipiac University (ECAC)
Goaltending ConsultantBrad FogalSharon, Ont.Hockey Canada
Goaltending ConsultantPaul GibsonSt. Thomas, Ont.Oshawa (OHL)
Goaltending ConsultantSheldon GoertzenSaskatoon, Sask.University of Saskatchewan (CW)
Video CoachChandler BiggarOshawa (OHL)
Video CoachJonathan MoranWindsor, Ont.Windsor (OHL)
Video CoachEthan O’Rourke  
Strength and Conditioning CoachEmmanuelle BlaisLaSalle, Que.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachAmanda Jones
Strength and Conditioning CoachJeremy SteinbachBinbrook, Ont.CSI Atlantic
Skills CoachMike EllisBurlington, Ont.Tampa Bay (NHL)
Skills CoachMark EllisSt. Thomas, Ont.Hockey Canada
Skills CoachDave CameronKinkora, P.E.I.Ottawa (OHL)
Massage TherapistHolly ZitaOttawa, Ont.Hockey Canada
TherapistTricia McBrideVancouver, B.C.Hockey Canada
Team SupportKaterine Aubry-HébertBoucherville, Que.Hockey Québec
Team SupportJocelyn DavidsonDelburne, Alta.Hockey Canada
Hockey Canada Women’s National U18 Team Staff
President & Chief Executive OfficerScott SmithBathurst, N.B.Hockey Canada
Senior Vice-President, Hockey OperationsScott SalmondCreston, B.C.Hockey Canada
Director, Hockey OperationsGina KingsburyRouyn-Noranda, Que.Hockey Canada
Senior Manager, Player Development & ScoutingCherie PiperScarborough, Ont.Hockey Canada
Head CoachCourtney Birchard-KesselMississauga, Ont.Princeton University (ECAC)
Assistant CoachStefanie McKeoughCarlsbad Springs, Ont.University of Ottawa (OUA)
Assistant CoachTara WatchornNewcastle, Ont.Stonehill College (NEWHA)
Goaltending CoachGord WoodhallWinnipeg, Ont.Winnipeg (MFHL)
Video CoachStef ThomsonOshawa, Ont.Hockey Canada
Strength and Conditioning CoachNick WestcottKanata, Ont.Carleton University (OUA)
Equipment ManagerMike MatthiesPrince George, B.C.Prince George (WHL)
TherapistKaryn FanstoneOakbank, Man.Brooks (AJHL)
Team PhysicianDr. Jen HackingWinnipeg, Man.Hockey Canada
Mental Performance ConsultantJackson SlauenwhiteCharlottetown, P.E.I.Hockey Canada
Manager, Hockey Operations   
Coordinator, Hockey OperationsSavannah NewtonMiddle Sackville, N.S.Hockey Canada
Media Relations

Hockey Canada Women’s National U18 Camp Staff

CoachGabriel Boudreau Quebec Blizzard (U15 AAA)
CoachTeresa HutchinsonMississauga, Ont.York University (OUA)
CoachEdith RacineSt. Albert, Ont.Cornell University (ECAC)
CoachDean SeymourSaskatoon, Sask.Hockey Canada
Goaltending ConsultantKatie GreenwayGuelph, Ont.Hockey Canada
Video CoachMatthew Smith  
Equipment ManagerA.J. MurleySt. John’s, N.L.Hockey Canada
TherapistDanielle McNallyWolfville, N.S.Hockey Canada
Team SupportNataliia KlimenovaCalgary, Alta.Hockey Canada

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Little tidbits from around the world of women’s hockey

  • Our Coaching Changes Tracker has been updated which you can find HERE. Princeton has a position open in operations/video. Stonehill has hired another assistant coach – former Wisconsin Badger Lauren Williams who spent time coaching at Becker College. Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT will add a Varsity Women’s program beginning in ’23-’24. Albertus is a D-3 school. A national search for a Head Coach is underway.
  • Chris Dilks for SB Nation College Hockey reported yesterday SUNY-Binghamton is doing a study to add men’s hockey. You can read the article HERE. Binghamton is already a D-I school athletically, but that’s not what caught my eye. What did was Dilks’ quote and comment on rumors of Utica University perhaps making the jump to D-I. “The timing also feels right for a smaller eastern school like Binghamton to add a program. Between new additions of independent programs like Long Island and Stonehill, as well as a rumored move to Division I for Utica College… Click the link and it will take you to a story from back in March when the question of what’s next for Utica hockey came up in an article in the Daily Sentinel The infrastructure is already in place with Utica as there is both women’s and men’s hockey… and a rabid fan-base. We’ll pass any news we hear along the way.
  • Full announcement from the most recent NCAA’s Transformation Committee can be found HERE. Interestingly if approved, student-athletes will be allowed to transfer more than once and still be eligible. Certain sports will become the wild, wild west. Schools accepting transfers will be on the hook to fund financial-aid for student-athletes until they finish their degree or 5th year – whichever comes first.
  • The International Quebec Pee Wee Tournament in Quebec City will for the first time, host a Girls division. Girls teams have participated, but there has never been a separate girls division. You can find the tournament application HERE. Teams have until October 2022 to get their applications submitted.
  • Additional news out of Quebec as reported by CBC, “This week, the CEGEP de Saint-Laurent confirmed it’s suspending its women’s program temporarily, citing problems recruiting players and coaches.” Not good news for women’s hockey in Quebec.

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Until Next Time… Enjoy & Happy Reading!

-Streams for games in the ECAC can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in the WCHA can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams in Hockey East this year can be found HERE. Hockey East once again is streaming all game live for FREE.

-Streams for CHA games with the exception of Penn St. can be found HERE. Subscriptions will be necessary to watch games.

-Streams for NEWHA games can be found at each teams’ website. Subscriptions may be necessary to watch games.

Grant Kimball is founder and contributing writer at Women’s College and beginning his 3rd season as an Assistant Coach with the Yale University women’s hockey program. Grant has developed an experienced perspective in the world of women’s ice hockey, having coached and recruited players from across the globe during his 25+ year amatuer and NCAA coaching career. He has coached at 6 NCAA DIII and DI programs in the NCHA (D3), the CHA, WCHA, Hockey East, ECAC, and the Ivy League (DI). Beyond coaching, Grant served as a site representative for the 2019 NCAA quarterfinal of the D-I NCAA Tournament. He also currently serves as an Officer with the American Hockey Coaches Association as Vice President of Membership and sits on the AHCA’s Women’s Hockey Executive Committee.

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